Making Orange Pomanders is a Christmas Tradition in my house. I’be been making them every year since I was a teenager. Of course I only thought of them as ‘oranges with cloves stuck in them‘, but I had the right idea.
There’s lots of interesting history about pomanders in the Middle Ages, but I like making these oranges because it just wouldn’t be Christmastime in my home without them!
These aren’t for the pomanders, but I love the smell of orange slices cooking in the oven!
I line a tray with aluminum foil and fit as many of these slices on it and cook them at 250-275 degrees, flipping them every 20-30 minutes until they are nicely roasted (not burnt!). This really gets the creative juices flowing for me!
So next, I collect all the supplies I need: Oranges (of course!), Cloves, and a Fork or sometimes I use wooden shish kabob sticks.
Then using the fork I start to poke holes in the orange in decorative patterns and pushing individual cloves in the ready-made holes.
I know many people like to use ribbon with their pomanders, but I like the more natural look so I just use the cloves. And occasionally Star Anise if I find one that can be stick in an orange!
I usually also have either a favorite Christmas movie (like Love Actually) or music (my favorite are the old tunes from Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Judy Garland) playing to really enjoy all this Christmas crafting.
Now some people shake their pomanders in a bag with ground cinnamon and/or ginger, but I found that if I leave them out in a bowl on the counter they dry nicely.
This year I saw another version of the pomander on Pinterest (my addiction!) where you slice these narrow slits out of the orange and they are supposed to dry.
I tried to find directions on these but I couldn’t. Maybe my google abilities are waining, but I figured I would just give it a go, letting my intuition (which is more like guessing) guide me.
Have fun making your own Christmas Orange Pomanders!